Fighting Obesity with Bariatric Surgery

Obesity is no longer considered a cosmetic issue that is caused by overeating and a lack of self-control. The World Health Organization along with National and International medical and scientific societies, now recognize obesity as a chronic progressive disease resulting from multiple environmental and genetic factors.

Weight gain also contributes to the development of other diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, and depression, and these conditions are often Feet on bathroom scale with word "Help" on dialtreated with medications that contribute to even further weight gain. In all of these ways and more, obesity begets obesity, trapping the individual in a vicious weight-gain cycle.

Individuals affected by severe obesity are resistant to long-term weight loss by diet and exercise. The National Institute of Health recognizes that long-term weight loss, or in other words, the ability to maintain weight loss, is nearly impossible for those affected by severe obesity by any means other than metabolic and bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgeries are effective in maintaining long-term weight loss.

Weight-loss surgery is surgery on your stomach (and sometimes intestine) to help you lose weight. Weight-loss surgery is not surgery to remove fat.

Weight-loss surgery can work by:

  • Limiting the amount of food you can eat at one time
  • Changing the way your food is digested so fewer calories and nutrients are absorbed
  • Causing hormone changes that lessen your appetite

Doctors may suggest weight-loss surgery to people with a BMI above 40 or people with a BMI of 35 or higher who have a serious health problem because of their weight (such as diabetes, sleep apnea, or high blood pressure). However, weight-loss surgery may also help people at lower levels of obesity (a BMI between 30 and 35) who have diabetes or prediabetes.

Three common types of weight-loss surgery are:

  • Adjustable gastric band
  • Sleeve gastrectomy
  • Gastric bypass

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If you are considering bariatric surgery in the Las Vegas area, contact Dr. Shawn Tsuda for a consultation. He and his team of experts can help you find the right treatment for your unique situation.

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